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Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, October 16, 1841   By:

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VOL. 1.




[Illustration: T]The market has been in a most extraordinary state all the morning. Our first advices informed us that feathers were getting very heavy, and that lead was a great deal brisker than usual. In the fish market, flounders were not so flat as they had been, and, to the surprise of every one, were coming round rapidly.

The deliveries of tallow were very numerous, and gave a smoothness to the transactions of the day, which had a visible effect on business. Every species of fats were in high demand, but the glut of mutton gave a temporary check to the general facility of the ordinary operations.

The milk market is in an unsettled state, the late rains having caused an unusual abundance. A large order for skim, for the use of a parish union, gave liveliness to the latter portion of the day, which had been exceedingly gloomy during the whole morning.

We had a long conversation in the afternoon with a gentleman who is up to every move in the poultry market, and his opinion is, that the flouring system must soon prove the destruction of fair and fowl commerce. We do not wish to be premature, but our informant is a person in whom we place the utmost reliance, and, indeed, there is every reason why we should depend upon so respectable an authority.

Cotton is in a dull state. We saw only one ball in the market, and even that was not in a dealer's hands, but was being used by a basket woman, who was darning a stocking. After this, who can be surprised at the stoppage of the factories?

Nothing was done in gloves, and what few sales were effected, seemed to be merely for the purpose of keeping the hand in, with a view to future dealings.


The study of Geology, in the narrow acceptation of the word, is confined to the investigation of the materials which compose this terrestrial globe; in its more extended signification, it relates, also, to the examination of the different layers or strata of society, as they are to be met with in the world.

Society is divided into three great strata, called High Life Middle Life and Low Life. Each of these strata contains several classes, which have been ranged in the following order, descending from the highest to the lowest that is, from the drawing room of St. James's to the cellar in St. Giles's.

ST. JAMES'S SERIES. H People wearing coronets. i Superior People related to coronets. g Class. People having no coronet, but who expect to get one. h People who talk of their grandfathers, and keep a carriage. L i f SECONDARY. e ( Russell square group. ) People who keep a carriage, but are silent respecting their grandfathers. People who give dinners to the superior series. People who talk of the four per cents, and are suspected of being mixed up in a grocery concern M Transition in the City. i Class. d ( Clapham group. ) d People who "confess the Cape," and say, that though l Pa amuses himself in the dry salter line in e Fenchurch street, he needn't do it if he didn't like. L People who keep a shop "concern" and a one horse i shay, and go to Ramsgate for three weeks in the f dog days. e People who keep a "concern," but no shay, do the genteel with the light porter in livery on solemn occasions... Continue reading book >>

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